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Free Space Profile Tutorial

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Free Space Profile Tutorial

How to create a FSP

Creating a Free Space Profile is super easy to do, just hover your mouse over the little menu bar at the very top right of any WikiTree page over the word "Add", then click "new thing" when the drop down list appears. Another page will load where you can give your page a name/title, all other fields are optional. Tip: try not to use any punctuation (comma's, apostrophe's etc.) or it might create linking issues.

To find your FSP

FSP can be found in your watchlist in the tab "Free Space Pages". To find your watchlist hover your mouse over the words "My WikiTree" in the little menu bar at the very top of most WikiTree pages, then when the drop down list appears click on "watchlist". When the watchlist page loads there are two tabs (see image below). Click Free-Space Profiles to view a list of your free space pages.

You can also find them by using the quick finder search boxes, found at the very top of most WikiTree pages. (by most WikiTree pages I mean any except when you're in G2G). Type "Space:" into the bottom bar and a list of all your FS Pages will appear, you can click on the one that you want to view.

To get it where viewers can see it

If your free space page has a privacy setting of open, this means that anyone can view and edit it. This is great and means that it can be viewed by anyone...but it also means that anyone can edit it too. If you'd like people to be able to view it but not edit it you can set the page to privacy green, but now only the trusted list can edit it. To get the page findable on a list of other viewable FSP you would need to add a category to it, but this is not necessary at this point, and is really mostly used for Projects. However if you'd like to look into that you can use Category:Projects but it is more important to use the regional category or other more-specific category hierarchy where others are likely to be looking for it. For more information about Free Space Projects click this link: Free Space Projects

Adding photo's

Adding photo's to FSP is much like any normal profile, when on the relevant FSP click the "images" tab.

When the images page loads click the words "Click here to upload it", found near the top of the page.

When you have uploaded your images you can copy the text provided in the right hand column, the part to copy looks like this: (and can be found on the image detail page when you click on any of your images.)

The standard box gives you two options, but there is a lot more that you can do to this text that will alter how the image is displayed. Pasting this text into any other biography will insert the image into the bio, however this will result in the image not being displayed in the right hand column. See this profile here for an example: Anna Margaretha (Bezuidenhout) Raath. On Anna's page don't be shy to click the "edit" tab to see how the text was copied into the bio. You could also click "edit" on this page to see how the images are inserted in here and how I have altered it to change how and where the images are display amongst the text. You might also find this page handy: Template:Image, it has some ideas on how you can change this copied text to realign, resize and clear the text around your images.

If you prefer to have the image also listed in the right hand column you would need to tag a profile in the box on the image details page by typing in the relevant ancestors WikiTree ID and click save. (Don't be shy to edit the title of the image, it won't cause you any problems to do so, often the default image title is not so great)

Linking to anywhere on the internet

You can link to other WikiTree profiles, the relationship finder or anywhere else on the internet just like any normal WikiTree profile, see here for more info.

Linking to your FSP in a person's bio

You can create a clickable link to your FSP in an ancestors bio by typing: [[Space:WikiID of your FSP|Name you want to display]]

For an example see here: Mary Speir (1814-) (Note: click "edit" so you can see the text in the edit mode)

For a "do you recognize this person" type of post

I have done a similar thing here with this profile: Francis Petrus Stephanus Bezuidenhout, where I asked if anyone knew some people from photo's that I got from my gran. Again, don't be shy to click the edit tab to see how its done. To link to a FSP from a profile type two squared brackets followed by the link to the free space page, a vertical "Pipe" (on most keyboards it's found sharing the backslash button), then the name that you want displayed, and close with two squared brackets. It would look like this: [[Space:Pam%27s_greeter_help_images|Pam's Greeter Help Images]]. You can get the link of your FSP by clicking the little scissors icon at the top of your FSP. It looks like this:

Here's a page that you might find handy : Links to Free Space Profiles.

If you have written about multiple people in the text box of your free space page you might want to create a clickable link to their relevant page. To do this copy the WikiTree ID of the person; click "edit" on your FSP; then where their name appears in the text use the same technique mentioned before when discussing how to link to a FSP. ie: [[Cormac-6|Pam Cormac Smith]]. I linked to this page earlier but this link here will take you straight to the relevant paragraph : Links to other profiles

For a collaborative family whiteboard

If you want to create a space for you and your family to organize your research a Free Space Page could be perfect. With so many privacy level settings to choose from you can find one that will be perfect for your page. QUICK TIP: To quickly find this settings page just click one of the lock icons on any WikiTree profile.

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